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An Interview with David Lippman, Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2022

David Lippman from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, is the 2022 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship. Learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

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Posted in Industry Interviews, Uncategorized


How to Improve Optical Design Performance with Reflectance and Transmittance Measurements

Developments in optical technologies place higher and sometimes completely new demands on the quality of materials, surfaces, components, and systems. For optics in automotive applications, materials that facilitate high levels of transmittance and scattering can be important for optical system efficiency and appearance. For optics in astronomy and space-borne systems, material requirements can be quite different; for example, materials that limit reflectivity and reduce stray light can be very important.

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Posted in Optical Scattering Measurements


How Synopsys Is Supporting Improved Workflows for Automotive Lighting Designers

As a partner with Dassault Systèmes, Synopsys is continually enhancing its LucidShape CAA V5 Based product to facilitate the development of safer, smarter vehicles within the CATIA V5 environment. CATIA V5 users can rely on LucidShape CAA to reduce automotive lighting design time, efficiently explore creative styling options, and deliver timely, accurate results to manufacturing teams.

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Posted in Automotive, Featured, LucidShape, Product features, Releases


Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference

We’re excited to announce our first annual Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference on September 28, 2022 in SunnyvaleSunnyvale, California. You are invited to join us in person to learn about our latest innovations to help you design any optical product – from macro- to nano-scale optics — faster and more efficiently.

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Posted in CODE V, LightTools, Trade shows and conferences


Synopsys Announces 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

The Synopsys 2022 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition celebrates exceptional research projects designed by college students in North America using Synopsys Optical Solutions software. This year’s winning designs were submitted by students from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Rochester, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Posted in Design Competition


The Hubble—Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

Astronomy was headline news on July 12, with the release of the amazing first full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). However, let’s not forget about the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, Engineering Services


Five Ways to Enhance the Accuracy of Automotive Optical Simulations

When designing automotive optical systems, it’s important to know as precisely as possible the optical characteristics of the materials that will be used inside and outside the vehicle. This will give you accurate data to simulate and evaluate the optical systems and how they interact with the materials. You will be able to create an accurate prototype more quickly and have confidence in the simulation results.

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Posted in Automotive, Optical Scattering Measurements


What is the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality?

We often use the terms augmented reality and virtual reality interchangeably. But how are they different?

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Posted in AR/VR, Current Events and Trends


New Release of LucidShape Helps Automotive Lighting Designers Work Smarter and Faster

LucidShape Version 2022.03 Introduces Advanced Analysis and MacroFocal Enhancements to Simplify Product Development Workflows

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Posted in LucidShape, Product features, Releases


How to Reduce Stray Light in Your Optical Design Project with Scattering Measurements

As technology evolves, optics also evolve to meet the demanding needs of product development. Optical design simulations must be as accurate as possible, which in turn requires accurate characterization of materials such as plastics, diffusers, displays, and other surfaces used in optical systems. One of the most important tasks for an optical design team is to understand and reduce the impact of stray light on design performance. What is an effective way to do this? This is where light scattering measurements can be very effective.

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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements